A delightful aspect of the internet is the ability to take on a different persona, an alter ego, or become that mysterious, incognito person behind the sunglasses (or the avatar). It seems that being masked and anonymous is a pastime those of a higher order intelligence particularly enjoy--just for the sheer fun of it.
Of course, musicians take full advantage of this capability as well, recording under various names to suit different genres of music, or just to free themselves from an artistic mindset associated with a particular image or style of music. Sometimes we know the artist behind the mask and sometimes we don't. In the grand scheme of things,
it's no big deal and it helps make life, music, and listening all the more interesting. Perspective is everything and sometimes, wearing a mask allows us to see a perspective on life or ourselves that we might have otherwise missed.
I won't discuss here who is who, but for those of us in the know, The Ambient Visitor is no stranger.
The first time The Ambient Visitor came calling to my online door, I'll admit to being a bit intimidated. I had no idea who was behind the "friend" request at a certain social website, and I actually refused the request. Let that be a parable in over-thinking!
In the months since, The Ambient Visitor has built a solid reputation for ambient music that is hypnotic, serene, peaceful, mysterious, relaxing, and basically, a twin sister to the Complex Silence Series. So it seems only natural that The Ambient Visitor should be featured as an artist for the CS Series.
Among friends and musicians there might be pseudonyms and secretive winks, but there is no such thing as competition--only support, encouragement, and the sharing of good will and excellent music.
About this release, The Ambient Visitor writes:
"The music on this album started out as part of one long generative piece.
Each note plays in its own repeating loop. Each loop is of a slightly different length, so the music never quite repeats itself (or at least, not for a very, very long time).
I then slowed down the left channel of the stereo mix ever so slightly so that on the second track, 'Interamnia', the music starts of at the same point but slowly drifts apart.
On the first track, 'Ceres', the music starts off drifted apart but meets in the very middle of the track, only to drift apart again by the same degree by the end of the track.
The two tracks follow my tradition of naming tracks after objects in the Solar System. Ceres and 704 Interamnia are large asteroids."
I am pleased and proud to release what I hope will be the first of many CS releases by The Ambient Visitor. A beautiful and meditative longform work to grace any serious ambient music collection. There's much more musical goodness where this came from, so be sure to pay a social call on The Ambient Visitor at http://theambientvisitor.com .
Introductory notes by Phillip Wilkerson. The Complex Silence Series welcomes collaboration and contributions from fellow ambient artists who wish to contribute their interpretation of similar musical themes and ideas. Visit the Complex Silence website.